Saath Nibhaana Saathiya's Rupal Patel reacts to the viral Kokilaben rap, says, proud that 'my character is a subject of memes'


Music producer Yashraj Mukhate's recent viral rap video featuring a scene from the popular show Saath Nibhaana Saathiya has taken the internet by storm. Yashraj borrowed a dramatic scene from the now off-air show and added a catchy rap, making it the hottest trend of the month. The scene is picturised on Kokilaben (Rupal Patel), Gopi Bahu (Gia Manek) and Rashi (Rucha Hasabnis). Kokilaben, a strict mother-in-law is seen scolding her daughters-in-law for putting an empty pressure cooker on the gas.

Reacting to the viral video, Rupal aka Kokilaben told a leading daily that the role was of a lifetime. Saying that it was a lively character, the actress who is currently seen in Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke as Meenakshi Rajvansh, said, "Kokila was the role of a lifetime, and I have the deepest gratitude for the show’s makers and the channel. There is a moment, an incident or a character in an artiste’s life, that becomes a milestone. Kokila is that for me. It’s such a lively character. People appreciate it for various things — her voice, authority, look and the way she balanced her two bahus, who were as different as chalk and cheese. She is your ideal saas. The show and the characters’ simplicity is what connected with viewers."

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Rupal, who isn't on social media, revealed that her sister-in-law and co-star Rhea Sharma sent her the rap. She further said that she called up Yashraj to express gratitude. Rupal thanked Smriti Irani for liking the video. "My sister-in-law sent me a message about it. Later my co-actor, Rhea Sharma sent me the rap. My immediate reaction was surprise and shock. I was perplexed about how Yashraj got this clip since I never sang on the show. Later, I realised that it’s a rap and he has used my dialogues for it (laughs!). I liked it so much that I asked a few friends for his number. I spoke to him and expressed my gratitude. I am humbled and grateful for Smriti (Irani) madam for liking it. I am not on any social media platforms as I don’t want to be distracted when I am working. On the set, my world is the screenplay and the show. I reach before time and ask for the screenplay for the day. I even memorise my co-actors’ dialogues to know their cue. If I am not involved in a scene, how will I convince my audience with my portrayal of it?" she said.

Speaking of not feeling offended with the hilarious rap, Rupal said the character has left behind an impact and viewers can express appreciation in different forms. "A viewer expresses his appreciation in different ways. It could be a funny response, too. Why should I feel offended? That’s one of the ways to express your love, too. I always go by the intent behind the response. Aur mujhe woh kabhi galat nahi laga. The character has made a mark on people’s minds and hence, they remember it to date. In fact, a lady would impersonate me on a video-sharing social networking service. I found it very funny. I don’t mind that at all, as I know intent is not to harm or offend anyone. Neeyat par sab kuchh nirbhar karta hai. Only prominent characters or personalities become a subject of memes or caricatures, and I am proud that Kokilaben is one of them. A true artiste should not have any ego. Main mitti ka patra hoon jo kisi bhi character mein fit ho jaaye. Ek artiste tab tak zinda hai jab tak uske kaan mein taaliyon ki goonj padhti rahegi. Phir chahe woh comedy ke zariye ho ya kisi aur emotion ke," she added.

(Source: Times Of India/ Twitter)